The Sleeping City

The Sleeping City

Director: George Sherman Cast: Richard Conte, Coleen Gray, Richard Taber


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One of the finest and most troubling films to come out of Universal-International, The Sleeping City tried to emulate some of the cinéma vérité elements of The Naked City (which had been produced at Universal's facilities). The producers got the permission of the city of New York to shoot at Bellevue Hospital, and, in exchange, opened the movie with a disclaimer spoken by star Richard Conte, stepping out of character to point out that nothing like the story in this movie ever happened at Bellevue and offering tribute to the actual hospital and its staff. That's the last reassuring moment that one will find in this eerie crime drama -- in the first six minutes, a young doctor taking a break from work is shot in the head, and the police can't find a clue even as to a possible motive. Inspector Al Gordon (John Alexander) decides that he has to put some men on duty at the hospital, and one of them is Fred Rowan (Richard Conte), a detective with experience as an army medic, masquerading as an intern. What Rowan finds is a high-pressure world in which interns are hopelessly squeezed for time, sleep, energy, and -- most of all -- money, and walk a fine line on the edge of personal and professional disaster. His roommate, Steve Anderson (Alex Nicol), seems especially desperate. The only relief from the bleakness and tension, on a personal level, comes from the attentions of Ann Shelton (Coleen Gray), the ward nurse in traumatics, where Fred is assigned, and the good-natured needling of Pop Ware (Richard Taber), an elevator operator who likes to take an avuncular interest in the interns around him. But before he can get too far in his investigation, potential witnesses start dying around Rowan , and one of his friends at the hospital is threatened. Soon the whole scheme and the motives for the murders suddenly become clear, along with Rowan's earlier failure to spot the clue he needed. He also suddenly recognizes the involvement of the people closest to him at the hospital, but before the squad can move, he also finds his own life at risk.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2017
UPC: 0025192181184
Original Release: 1950
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:26:00
Sales rank: 12,870

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Conte Fred Rowan
Coleen Gray Ann Sebastian
Richard Taber Pop Ware
John Alexander Inspector Gordon
Peggy Dow Kathy Hall
Alex Nicol Dr. Steve Anderson
Frank Baxter Actor
Dort Clark Intern
Russell Collins Medical Examiner
James Daly Actor
William Martel Male Nurse
Rod McLennan Detective
James O'Neill Engle
James J. van Dyk Dr. Sharpley
James Little Travers
Henry Hart Dr. Nester
Richard Kendrick Dr. Druta
Jack Lescoulie Paulsen
Herbert Ratner Detective Reese
Hugh Reilly Dr. Foster
Ernest Sarracino Detective Abate
Robert Strauss Lt. Marty Miller
Michael Strong Dr. Connell
Victor Sutherland Holland
Frank M. Thomas Lt. Lally
Frank Tweddell Kingdon

Technical Credits
George Sherman Director
Fred Ballmeyer Set Decoration/Design
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Eisinger Screenwriter
Leonard Goldstein Producer
Frank Gross Editor
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Corson Jowett Sound/Sound Designer
William J. Miller Cinematographer
Emrich H. Nicholson Art Director
Rosemary Odell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ira Senz Makeup
John Sherwood Asst. Director
Frank Skinner Score Composer

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